Mayor Joe Fontana back in court today

LONDON, Ont. – The fraud case involving the mayor of London, Ont., returns to court today.

Mayor Joe Fontana was charged by the RCMP last November with fraud, breach of trust by a public official and uttering forged documents.

Police say the value of the alleged fraud is $1,700.

The London Free Press has reported that a Government of Canada cheque for that amount was given to a London club to cover a deposit for the wedding reception for Fontana’s son in 2005. Fontana was a federal cabinet minister at the time.

The case was adjourned in late February to allow the defence more time for ongoing discussions with the Crown.

Fontana has denied any wrongdoing and refused to step down as mayor while the charges are pending.